Updated: May 30, 2020
Have you ever wanted to try yoga but were too intimidated, scared, or embarrassed?
You're not alone. Just type "fears about starting yoga" into a search engine, and you'll find dozens of articles, websites, and YouTube videos addressing the topic. More than 35 million Americans practice yoga (15% of the population), and 34% or nearly 80 million Americans say they plan to try yoga within the next year(1). However, many people have accumulated more excuses than willpower.
Elephant Journal published a list of common reasons why people talk themselves out of trying yoga. The excuses range from "I'm not flexible" enough and "I'm going to fart in class" to "everyone else will be better than me" and "it's too hard."
Abby Mudd, who teaches Beginner's Yoga at Holly's Pilates Village, recently wrote a message to her friends on Facebook and Instagram.
"I encourage all of my beginner or newish folks out there to release that block of fear and step into feeling your body, breath, and mind," Abby wrote. "If you think that you're too 'tight' to do yoga, well, think of it this way: saying you're too tight or not flexible enough to do yoga is like saying you're too dirty to take a bath. Let it sink in, my friends; don't be afraid. Good things come when you release, open, and renew."
Enjoy the Benefits of Yoga
Research shows that yoga literally has the capacity to change your brain. The science behind yoga demonstrates evidence of many psycho-physiological benefits, including: increased resilience to stress; improved flexibility, balance, stamina, and strength; reduction in depression and negative thoughts; and greater mind-body awareness. These benefits can change behaviors, enhancing life's meaning and purpose: